For any culture which is primarily concerned with meaning, the study of death - the only certainty that life holds for us - must be central, for an understanding of death is the key to liberation in life.
Consciousness does not just passively reflect the objective material world; it plays an active role in creating realityitself.
He suddenly understood the message of so many spiritual teachers that the only revolution that can work is the inner transformation of every human being.
Dying people in pre-industrial cultures typically died in the context of an extended family, clan, or tribe.
It became much more complicated politically to work with psychedelics because of the unsupervised experimentation with psychedelics, particularly among young people.
Many instances exist of small children who seem to remember and describe their previous life in another body, another place, and with other people. These memories emerge usually shortly after these children begin to talk.
The knowledge of the realm of death makes it possible for the shaman to move freely back and forth and mediate these journeys for other people.
There are people who can start having very powerful experiences without taking psychedelics. It can happen against their will. This is a universal phenomenon.
In some instances, the accuracy of past-life memories can be objectively verified, sometimes with remarkable detail.
The beliefs concerning reincarnation have great ethical impact on human life and our relationship to the world.
I spent much of my later childhood and adolescence very, very involved and interested in art, and particularly in animated movies.
As long as I had easy access to psychedelics at the government-sponsored research project, most of my energy went into psychedelic sessions.
There is an urgent need for a radical revision of our current concepts of the nature of consciousness and its relationship to matter and the brain.
Research challenges the materialistic understanding of death, according to which biological death represents the final end of existence and of all conscious activity.
I believe it is essential for our planetary future to develop tools that can change the consciousness which has created the crisis that we are in.